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The GRB capacity index was formulated as part of an assessment commissioned by the National Women's Machinery in Costa Rica to understand the factors behind the low implementation of GRB in the country. In the experience of Costa Rica, the GRB capacity index was useful in identifying capacity gaps at individual and institutional levels that need to be addressed to ensure that planning and budgeting respond to women's priorities. However, the index can be adapted to different purposes and to different contexts: it can be used to assess existing capacity for gender responsive planning and budgeting; to monitor change in capacity over time, to assess the sustainability of capacity development interventions